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Planning Our Next Few Trips

I have posted on Instagram lately about wanting to go back down to Padre Island National Seashore a few times now. So I am now planning our next few trips that I want to take in the next year. I have also talked about wanting to save up for a trip to Disney World, and I finally found a way to start saving for that. 

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Visit Mesquite Texas Family Tour

I’ve posted a few things here in the past couple of days about the Tour of Mesquite when we partnered with the Mesquite Convention and Visitors Center, www.VisitMesquiteTx.com, but today, I am sharing EVERYTHING that we did during this tour! Are you ready? This is My Hometown! Mesquite Texas!

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Hampton Inn & Suites | The Mesquite Texas Guide And A Giveaway

For those of you that have followed my journey here know that I have had a lot of personal things going on lately with my family, so when Mesquite Convention and Visitors Center offered to partner with us on a weekend getaway, I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about what my hometown has to offer. Last week I posted about City Lake Park, but that was not where my families weekend getaway started. We first checked into the Hampton Inn & Suites the night before.

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The Future of Odysseys With Love

Since Odysseys With Love began, I have noticed one thing about the articles I have been writing. I really wanted us to be a travel blog. I am noticing that a lot of the travel-related post has been kind of put to the side here lately for other things. That’s ok, Odysseys With Love is growing and that’s a wonderful thing. I sat back this morning and really thought about what I want Odysseys to really be about. What I want our YouTube channel to be about. Travel . Family . Love So, with everything going on, does the Travel part of our tagline really fit in? It does, as we write about different trips that we have or plan to take, but it really isn’t the #1 thing that and doesn’t deserve to be the first thing our readers see when visiting Odysseys With Love. Lets look at the definition of Odyssey: an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest I personally am on wanderer. I am always on a quest for self-discovery and learning who I am. Odysseys With Love is the journal of our family’s wanderings and learning who we are. A New Tagline? We need to find a new tagline other than Travel, Family, Love. I thought about changing the name as we move towards a blog about the DFW area, but Odysseys With Love still fits us. As we share our Journey in Love and Family, we share how we also fall in love with the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. A few things about the site will be changing. DFW has and always will be the focus of Odysseys With Love.  But is a tagline really needed? No, not really. I am sharing more about my own hometown, Mesquite Texas, should that be part of the tagline? This is something that I am not 100% sure on other than the fact I share a lot of other information about DFW too. Wandering in DFW That is who we are! I am constantly learning and wandering and expanding. We are a Wandering Family always our for learning not only about our little town but DFW In general. DFW will soon be the #1 menu item on this site. But what else will be changing? What Is Odysseys With Love REALLY About? First, let me introduce myself again. Hi, my name is Megan. I am a wife to James, and mother of Skyler and Rhyan. I am a DFW local that loves to wander and discover the world around us. I am also a photographer and scatterbrained “artsy-fartsy” type. We are always growing and learning new things and love sharing our discoveries. What will you find on Odysseys With Love? My journal pretty much. I share everything from what is going on in my life from my relationship with James to parenting the two most wonderful and infuriating girl. Six Flags and Theme Park Fun, things we find in and around DFW and SO SO MUCH MORE! New Additions To Odysseys With Love You might have seen the new Mesquite Texas Guide. That is the newest addition to Odyssey With Love. I am planning to adjust the YouTube channel to also include different types of videos, you just might have to bear with me for a little while. At least until I am used to being on camera. I am planning on introducing several new things to the channel including reviews, unboxings, and much more. Crafting? I may be sharing my adventures in “Pinterest Win or Fail” here soon too as I am trying my hand at crafting again now. It could be fun and interesting. Please Forgive Me While I Figure Out Who I Am And What I Want To Be When I Grow Up! Yes, That really fits right here now. I am still trying to figure all this out. You will be seeing more from us now that I kinda have a little figured out, but I am still learning and growing not only as a blogger but also as a person! Thanks For Reading! ? Pin Me For Later Don’t have time to fully read the post? Want to share it to come back to later? Use your favorite ? and share it on our favorite site, PINTEREST! Not only does it help you, but it helps us grow and get our information out in front of others too! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? Discover Dallas | The Hidden Gem – Dragon Park August 22, 2017 Welcome to the Discover Dallas series, where we share local finds around Dallas TX. Hidden away in a little corner of Oak Lawn in Dallas… Learn More Travel Keepsake Ideas September 11, 2017 After visiting Padre Island National Seashore, we collected both sand and water from the beach there to bring home to start making keepsakes. After some… Learn More Whats going on at Odysseys With Love November 9, 2017 Sorry if it seems we have gone MIA the last few days! It has been a hectic few days over here at the Odysseys Household.… Learn More Our Camping Gear August 10, 2017 As time goes on Odysseys With Love is slowly building up our camping gear and we wanted to share with you what we are working with right now and what we plan to buy in the future. Learn More JOIN THE TRIBE Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receive weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! SUBSCRIBE Thank you so much for joining our tribe! I am excited to have you here. Make sure to head over to our FREEBIE LIBRARY and enter the password OWL2018

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My Christmas Wish List | Gift Ideas For The Blogger, Photographer, and Disney Fan

I knew the other day when creating the 21 Blog Post Ideas, that I wanted to create a Gift Idea Guide, I will be going into more detail on the guides later, but this is my Christmas Wish List, Gift ideas for the Blogger, Photographer, and Disney Fan. I am all three so this is a HUGE HINT HINT for my own family as these items in this Gift Guide are all things that I, myself would love to have. Now, James if you are reading this, yes this is an idea of things that I want. Yes, this is a hint hint to you and for the rest of the family. I am not asking you or anyone else to purchase EVERYTHING on this page but should help you understand and help you while shopping for me for Christmas. Anyone else that has someone that fits one, two, or all three of these careers and interest, feel free to share it as your own “hint hint” to your family. As most people do, I have multiple interests.  I am both a blogger and photographer, and at the same time, I am a HUGE Disney Fan. I have other interest, but these are my main ones. I also love anything and everything to do with Beauty and the Beast. The Bloggers Christmas Wish List If you can’t tell, I run a blog. There are a lot of people that run blogs and write for a living. I already know James is going to know that I am putting journals and notebooks on this list. Afterall I do kinda collect them. He actually got me one last year that I LOVED and used a lot. I have moved on to a lined one now. Where I am able to jot notes down as needed. Below you will find my Bloggers Christmas Wish List, along with links to the product. Please note that these links are affiliate links in some cases and will help Odysseys With Love at no cost to you. Coffee Subscriptions Am I the only one that runs purely on caffeine? Well, more specifically Coffee? Those coffee lovers will love one of these subscriptions! Save $5.00 on Bean Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/BeanBox Gifts From Mickey Monthly Coffee Lover Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/GiftsFromMickey Cratejoy’s Massive Coffee Subscription options! Coffee and a Classic https://odysseyswithlove.com/CoffeeAndAClassic Coffee-Esperanto https://odysseyswithlove.com/Coffee-Esperanto Cratejoy’s Search Results For Coffee https://odysseyswithlove.com/AllCoffeeCrates I know there are a lot more coffee subscriptions out there. As I find my favorites, I will add them here. I LOVE Bean Box so that is why its first on my list here. The Notebook & Planner Junky I already know I mentioned above that I am a hoarder pretty much of planners and Notebooks. I just love them. Here are a few of my favorites! Day Designer https://odysseyswithlove.com/DayDesigner The Happy Planner https://odysseyswithlove.com/TheHappyPlanner May Designs https://odysseyswithlove.com/MayDesign Kate Spade https://odysseyswithlove.com/KateSpade Well, what about the Planner Junky that loves the extra stuff that goes with planning? A Planners Subscription Box is a great idea also for them. The May Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/TheMayBox Mocha Glam Box for Planners – WOC https://odysseyswithlove.com/MochaGlamBoxForPlanners Sticker Guru https://odysseyswithlove.com/StickerGuru The Creative With Bloggers expanding their skill sets into the creative world. Learning Photography, Graphic Design, and Videography have become important to Blogger. Help your partner out with a subscription plan to the Creative Cloud or other subscription services. Relax and Un”Wine” I have learned that James and I enjoy a bottle of wine every once in a while. Years ago I tried a wine subscription where we got a tasting kit and a crate of wine was delivered to my home every so often. I loved it. Below are the top wine subscriptions you can gift to your wine lover! Winc (Get $20.00 for your first order!) https://odysseyswithlove.com/Get$20ForWinc California Wine Club https://odysseyswithlove.com/CaliforniaWineClub VineBox https://odysseyswithlove.com/GetVineBox Tasting Room (Get A Free Tasting Kit) https://odysseyswithlove.com/FreeTastingRoomTastingKit Just For Her Subscription Boxes Boss Babe Boxes Running a blog takes a lot of work. These Subscription Boxes are for the Boss Babe in us all! TheraBox – Self Care Subscription Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/TheraBox Mom Time Delivered https://odysseyswithlove.com/MomTimeDelivered Boss Lady Swag Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/BossLadySwag The SHEclub Monthly https://odysseyswithlove.com/SHEclubMonthly Period Subscription Box Sometimes a little something extra during that time of the month can really help your partner out. Take a look at these CrateJoy Subscription Boxes. My Lady Bug The Perfect Monthly Gift https://odysseyswithlove.com/MyLadyBug Lotus Box | A PMS Care Package https://odysseyswithlove.com/LotusBox Rose War Panty Power https://odysseyswithlove.com/RoseWarPantyPower Photographer’s Christmas Gift Guide! Not only do I run Odysseys With Love, but I am also a photographer.  If you are in the Dallas area and need a photographer, head over to Odysseys Studio! Enough about me, what does a photographer want for Christmas?Check out these gift ideas below! House Of Flynn Camera Bags Camera Lenses From Amazon SHOP Try Out The Gear First SHOP Don’t forget all of the different photography magazines that your photographer loved one would like to have. But what else could you gift the photographer in your family? Sue Bryce Education I love Sue Bryce and would love to be in her class again. One day I will. Her website starts at $35.00 per month! Join Now! Creative Live Do you want to gift a class on Creative Live? I know of a lot of the classes on this site I would want to take! Get $15.00 Off your first class!  https://odysseyswithlove.com/Get$15OffCreativeLive Other Great Gifts For Photographers? The Disney Fan Christmas Wish List If you didn’t know already, I am a huge Disney Fan! Even though I have yet to visit the parks since I was a little girl, I dream of visiting and hopefully I will get to soon. I have a few things on my Christmas Wish List, but I am going to include a few other things here as well that I know all Disney lovers will well, love! Disney Subscrition Boxes I love subscription boxes! Why? You never really know what you are going to get until you open your box and the magic unfolds. Disney Themed Subscription Boxes are plentiful to choose from, ranging in all price points and what comes in the boxes. Also with the Disney Themed Boxes, you don’t only just have the magic of the boxes, but you are bringing a little Disney Magic into your home. Just a little pixie dust for your loved one. I have searched the internet for all of the different boxes available and these are the ones I have found so far! Know of a different one or one that I missed, comment below and let us all know about it! Magic At Your Door I was not able to find an about section on Magic At Your Door’s Website, but was able to find a small section on their facebook page. — “Delivering a magical variety of Disney products, including licensed Disney items and Disney Store/Disney Theme Park merchandise, at your door every month.” https://odysseyswithlove.com/magicatyourdoor I love that Magic At Your Door has an extensive questionnaire for your preferences. They do not guarantee that you will get everything you like in your box, but if you tell them the thing you do not like, they will try not to put it in your box. I have fallen in love with watching unboxings! Below are a few! This is a BIG HINT to James! https://youtu.be/p4P2dwf-RuAhttps://youtu.be/F7xnmgdnRKYhttps://youtu.be/p6RVxX_NgGg The Mickey Monthly Box What is Mickey Monthly? Lets look at their website! — “Mickey Monthly offers monthly Disney mystery box for diehard Disney fans. These monthly Disney subscription boxes can include Disney pins, officially licensed Disney items, or a Disney Parks items, and are delivered to your door every month.” https://odysseyswithlove.com/MickeyMonthly Ok Below are just a few of the items from Mickey Monthly’s website that I REALLY want! Not only does Mickey Monthly have several different boxes to choose from you also can go to their shop page and order specific things too! These are just a few of the things I would REALLY love to add to my collection! Just click the image below to be taken to Mickey Monthly’s page for that item! Gifts From Mickey With 12 different monthly boxes to choose from there has to be a box for everyone at Gifts From Mickey! Gifts From Mickey has the Monthly Palace Box to the Monthly Popcorn Box and everything in-between! I think my favorite box from them would have to be the Monthly Coffee Lovers Box! — “This pack is the perfect gift for the coffee lover. Get a box every month with a coffee blend direct from Walt Disney World. These coffees are served in various location such as Epcot’s Le Cellier, Animal Kingdom’s Sanaa, and many more. Each coffee is paired with a special mug from one of the parks or Wald Disney World Resorts.” https://odysseyswithlove.com/GiftsFromMickey Gifts from Mickey has the option to not only have the subscription boxes, but you can also get one time boxes, personal shopping, and so much more! Below you will find a few videos from other YouTubers about this box! https://youtu.be/FQA4cE6KI7ohttps://youtu.be/SiwZuwxCyOw Bibbidi Bobbidi Boxes With 5 different monthly boxes to choose from Bibbidi Bobbidi Boxes has a subscription for just about anyone! The What’s Inside page states: “The Genie himself would be surprised by the magic contained inside our Disney boxes!  We offer the most magical monthly subscription boxes, sure to satisfy all Disney lovers! Box sizes ranging from the “Dreams” collection to the “Ultimate Magic” box, and customized by our Disney personal shoppers just for you!   “ https://odysseyswithlove.com/BibbidiBobbidiBoxes I am not going to lie! I REALLY want the Ultimate Magic Box! I know its $119, BUT! It includes one designer item in each box! https://youtu.be/I2aNAzeWJlAhttps://youtu.be/8Z-FHuKXys8 Thanks For Reading! ? Pin Me For Later Don’t have time to fully read the post? Want to share it to come back to later? Use your favorite ? and share it on our favorite site, PINTEREST! Not only does it help you, but it helps us grow and get our information out in front of others too! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? The “D” Word July 2, 2017 As most of you know I am a single mother. To top that off, I am the only parent my girls really know. Sure, Skyler knows who her Dad is, and has even communicated with him some. We have a pretty decent relationship. Rhyan however does not know her biological father. It is by his choice. I have never hidden her or kept her away from him. Learn More The Ultimate Geek Gifts Guide August 19, 2017 I absolutely can not believe that Christmas is just around four months away now. I started looking for awesome gifts for both James and Skyler… Learn More 2018 Jayco Precept 36T October 5, 2017 Last month we visited the Southwest RV Supershow and saw three RV that we loved in different price ranges. The more we think about it… Learn More Top 5 Destinations in Texas You Must Visit This Fall October 17, 2017 In Texas, the seasons are Summer, Summer, Summer, and Christmas. So, where did Spring, Winter, and Fall go? We really don’t have them. So what… Learn More JOIN THE TRIBE Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receive weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! SUBSCRIBE Thank you so much for joining our tribe! I am excited to have you here. 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Our Adventures To Ripley's Believe It or Not

This post was originally posted back around summer, I am resubmitting it here now due to a website crash and losing all of my work from February 2018 – Around September 2018. When we headed down to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, we were not planning on this trip. It was a spur of the moment trip that we all had so much fun with. I am so thankful that I didn’t delete the photos.

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The Ultimate Disney Bucket List

As we are saving up to go on our first family trip to Disney World, I started thinking about the different things that I wanted to experience at the parks. I have seen a lot of Ultimate Disney Bucket List on pinterest, but none of them have really caught my eye or were really what my family would want to do or see! So, It was time to create our own, and you can also get our FREE printable Ultimate Disney Bucket List printable at the end of this post too!

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Opal Lawrence Historical Park and Mesquite Legends

Every little city and town has their own Urban Legends, and Mesquite Texas is no different. Today, while going through my images I came across a file of images from an old website and blog I use to run that had the tour of Mesquite images from interesting locations. The images that interested me the most were the ones from Opal Lawrence Historical Park

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The Mesquite Texas Guide

A few months ago, I created a post about everything there is to do in our hometown of Mesquite Texas. I have not been able to recreate that post and I hate that it is no longer active. I sat down the other day and really started to think about everything there is to do in my little hometown and there is a LOT! Mesquite Texas is a historic town in the DFW area and is full of rich history

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